Ping i20 Driver
From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (March 2012)
Category: Tour Drivers
WE TESTED: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° with TFC 707D graphite shaft; 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° with Project X Black graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 460cc head has two heavy tungsten sole weights to increase the moment of inertia (MOI) for enhanced forgiveness and to precisely locate the club’s center of gravity for improved launch conditions.
OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the top-rated drivers in its category. Excellent grades for distance, feel, playability and control.
DISTANCE: Longer than most; pleasing launch characteristics and low spin produce plenty of “get up and go” for the majority of testers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The i20 achieves top marks; off-center hits are corrected very well for both distance and direction.
FEEL: Very stable, crushing sensation through impact; some testers describe it as “forceful” or “powerful.”
PLAYABILITY: Handles whatever shot you have the ability to create; strong, mid-launch trajectory that protects very well against a hook.
LOOK: One of the favorites; tasteful black paint job and overall simplicity; square look at address boosts confidence.
Club can exaggerate left-to-right movement for guys who tend to hit fades.
From Golf.com (January 17, 2012)
Hidden underneath a black, matte finish that looks like it was taken off a stealth fighter, the Ping i20 driver, the company's newest offering for better-players, is made using three different materials.
The body is cast from a titanium alloy that has been infused with aluminum to make it lighter. Ping engineers shifted the weight saved by blending the aluminum and titanium together and moved it into two tungsten pads located in the back sections of the sole.
Marty Jertson, Ping Golf's Senior Design Engineer, says moving the weight to those spots helps to improve the clubs moment of inertia and make it more resistant to twisting on off-center hits. Those weight pads also shift more of the head's overall weight away from the face, which helps to create a higher initial launch angle. Ping also says that the club produces less spin than its predecessor, the i15.
While the i20 offers a 460-cc head, Jertson says that the club is more aerodynamic than the i15, which should mean more power for golfers off the tee.
"With the same amount of energy, the same amount of input, you are able to get more velocity from the club head," Jertson says. That clubhead velocity should translate directly into more ball speed and longer shots.
While the i20 is not adjustable like many drivers on the market today, golfers who like to maneuver the ball around the course should appreciate its neutral weighting and square face at address. Whether you prefer to hit a draw or a fade, the clubhead won't fight you.
As you might expect in a driver designed for big hitters, the i20 is only available in three lofts—8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5°. It comes standard with either a low-spinning Ping TFC 707D shaft or a Project X Black shaft and costs $385.